Neuroimaging of Mental Disorders


Neurosciences Programme

Group Leader

Òscar Vilarroya Oliver

This group is a multidisciplinary research group with the objective of studying the neuroanatomical and neurofunctional bases of specific mental and neurological disorders, as well as specific cognitive, emotional and motivational functions among the general population, using structural and functional magnetic resonance techniques. At present, the group has the following research lines active in neuroimaging: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other impulsivity disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, and other studies in the general population, such as brain and metabolomic changes induced by pregnancy.



Daniel Bergé Baquero (Researcher)

Romina Cortizo Vidal (Researcher)

Main publications with IMIMOngoing Research Projects with IMIMAwards 

Main publications with IMIM

• Hoogman M, Muetzel R, Guimaraes JP, Shumskaya E, ENIGMA Group… (Vilarroya O). Brain Imaging of the Cortex in ADHD: A Coordinated Analysis of Large-Scale Clinical and Population-Based Samples. Am J Psychiatry 2019; 176(7): 531-542. IF 13.655. Q1.

• Treen D, Savulich G, Mezquida G, García-Portilla MP, Toll A, García-Rizo C, García-Álvarez L, Bergé D, Bobes J, Bernardo M, Fernández-Egea E, Mané A. Influence of secondary sources in the Brief Negative Symptom Scale. Schizophr Res 2019; 204: 452-454. IF 4.569. Q1.

• Pretus C, Marcos-Vidal L, Martínez-García M, Picado M, Ramos-Quiroga JA, Richarte V, Castellanos FX, Sepulcre J, Desco M, Vilarroya O, Carmona S. Stepwise functional connectivity reveals altered sensory-multimodal integration in medication-naïve adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Hum Brain Mapp 2019; 40(16): 4645-4656. IF 4.554. Q1.

• Pretus C, Hamid N, Sheikh H, Gómez Á, Ginges J, Tobeña A, Davis R, Vilarroya O, Atran S. Ventromedial and dorsolateral prefrontal interactions underlie will to fight and die for a cause. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 2019; 14(6): 569-577. IF 3.662. Q1.

• Hamid N, Pretus C, Atran S, Crockett MJ, Ginges J, Sheikh H, Tobeña A, Carmona S, Gómez A, Davis R, Vilarroya O. Neuroimaging 'will to fight' for sacred values: an empirical case study with supporters of an Al Qaeda associate. R Soc Open Sci 2019; 6(6): 181585. IF 2.515. Q2.

Ongoing Research Projects with IMIM

• Molecular and neuronal markers as prognostic tools for the evolution of first episode psychosis and the modulating effects of cannabis

- Financing institution: Proyectos de Investigación en Salud. ISCIII (PI18/00053)

- Period: from 2018 to 2021

- Principal investigator: Bergé Baquero, Daniel (Co-PI)



• Daniel Bergé Baquero. Clinical award for the best clinical challenge. Societat Catalana de Psiquiatria i Salut Mental 2019.






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